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Trump Fumbles After Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl, Names The Wrong State

Kerri Einarson tops Jennifer Jones to win Manitoba Scotties

Gimli’s Kerri Einarson will represent Manitoba at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, beginning February 15th.

She earned a berth in the tournament after an 8-6 victory over Jennifer Jones on Sunday afternoon at the provincial Scotties in Rivers.

Team Einarson knocked off Tracy Fleury’s undefeated St. Paul rink on Saturday, to earn a bye into Sunday’s final.

Jones and Fleury will meet in the national wildcard game, with the winner punching a ticket to the tournament in Moose Jaw.

The win marks Einarson’s second career provincial championship.

This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Feb. 2, 2020

This week on Focus Montreal, Global takes a look at violence in the sex worker industry, how to protect yourself against romance scams when online dating, and finally, we say a bittersweet goodbye to our very own Elysia Bryan-Baynes.

China to subsidize interest payments for some firms hit by virus outbreak – state media

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s finance ministry will give subsidies on interest payments for some firms hit by a spreading coronavirus outbreak, state-run newspaper Guangming Daily reported on Monday.

The subsidies will be based on 50% of the interest rate on loans make by the central bank to support firms hit by the epidemic, for a period no longer than a year, the newspaper said.

China to subsidize interest payments for some firms hit by virus outbreak – state media

BEIJING, Feb 3 (Reuters) – China’s finance ministry will give subsidies on interest payments for some firms hit by a spreading coronavirus outbreak, state-run newspaper Guangming Daily reported on Monday.

The subsidies will be based on 50% of the interest rate on loans make by the central bank to support firms hit by the epidemic, for a period no longer than a year, the newspaper said.

Offshore Chinese yuan up 0.1% vs dollar ahead of China market re-opening

TOKYO, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The offshore Chinese yuan rose 0.1% against the dollar in early Monday trade, though it was still not far from last week’s one-month low, ahead of re-start of Chinese financial markets later in the day.

The offshore yuan rose to 6.9905 per dollar, off Friday’s low of 7.007. (Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

Okanagan rink competing to represent B.C. at the Brier

Jim Cotter’s Vernon- and Kelowna-based rink has made it to the finals of the B.C. Men’s Curling Championship in Cranbrook.

The defending B.C. champions are matching-up against Langley- and Victoria-based Team Tardi on Sunday afternoon for the chance to represent the province at the Brier.

Cotter’s rink, with a slightly different lineup, also represented B.C. at the national championships last year.

Nissan’s Brexit Scenarios Include Closing European Plants: FT

Japanese automakerNissan Motor Co has drafted a contingency plan to focus on its Sunderland plant in the U.K. and cut European production if a hard Brexit leads to tariffs on car imports from the continent, theFinancial Times reported, citing two people involved in the discussions.

The plan, which was drawn up before Makoto Uchida was named as the new Chief Executive Officer in December, also foresees the closing of Nissan’s plants in Barcelona and France.

The automaker denied the existence of the contingency plans, according to a spokesman for Nissan Europe quoted by the Financial Times. “We’ve modelled every possible ramification of Brexit and the fact remains that our entire business both in the U.K. and in Europe is not sustainable in the event of WTO tariffs,” he said.

In a speech on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to say he is prepared to quit talks over the U.K.’s future trade relationship with the European Union if he doesn’t get what he wants, according to a U.K. official. Brussels negotiators are set to publish their own mandate the same day.

Trump Fumbles After Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl, Names The Wrong State

President Donald Trump congratulated the Kansas City Chiefs on defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday night, telling the team they represented “the Great State of Kansas … so very well.” 

Just one problem: The Chiefs aren’t based in Kansas but rather in Missouri. 

Trump deleted the tweet, but it was preserved in a screenshot: 

Trump soon deleted the tweet and issued a new one with the correct state. 

Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, share a border, and the Chiefs have a fanbase in both states. But the Missouri city is significantly larger, and the team has played there since moving from Texas in 1963.

The geographical blunder comes a little more than a week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cursed out National Public Radio journalist Mary Louise Kelly for asking him about Ukraine ― and then challenged her to find it on a map. 

“He called out for his aides to bring him a map of the world with no writing, no countries marked,” Kelly told The New York Times. “I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away. He said, ‘People will hear about this.’”

Pompeo later implied, implausibly, that she had pointed to Bangladesh. 

Twitter users, including former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, called out Trump for not knowing the basic geography of the country he leads: